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Women’s Basketball Triumphant Over Bakersfield, 63-54

Women’s Basketball Triumphant Over Bakersfield, 63-54

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The Cal Poly women's basketball team made it three-straight wins and five of the last six with a 63-54 win over Bakersfield in a nonconference game on Saturday night in Mott Athletics Center.

With the win the Mustangs improve to 5-4 on the season while Bakersfield falls to 2-5. Cal Poly will take a break for finals week and return to the court on Dec. 16 when the team travels to Pepperdine to open a five game road trip.

Junior Ariana Elegado led the team with 14 points while senior Molly Schlemer added 10 points. Junior Taryn Garza led the team with a career-high 11 rebounds while adding nine points. Senior Amaka Ofodu scored a career-high nine points with sophomore Beth Balbierz coming off the bench to score seven points.

Brooklynn Kinkens came off the bench to lead Bakersfield with 11 points while Batabe Zempare, also off the bench, had a team-high 14 rebounds.

Cal Poly shot 34 percent from the floor and made three of seven from long range. CSUB shot 32 percent in the game and made five of 20 from beyond the arc. Cal Poly went to the line 24 times and made 16 while CSUB had 16 attempts and made 11. Cal Poly held a slight edge in rebounds, 46-43, but turned the ball over just 11 times compared to CSUB's 19.

CSUB jumped to a 5-2 lead just two minutes into the game when the Mustangs went on a 9-0 run to hold an 11-5 lead with 16:10 on the clock. Cal Poly would build its lead to eight, twice, in the first half on a layup by Jonae Ervin (8:38) and a layup by Sarah Lipton (3:54). The Lipton layup would be the last points the Mustangs would score in the half as CSUB closed the period on a 7-0 run with the Mustangs settling for a 29-28 lead at the break.

CSUB took a 32-31 lead early in the final period (18:49), but it would be the last time the Roadrunners lead the game. Elegado hit a three (17:59) to put the Mustangs back on top and a lead they would never relinquish.

A field goal by Garza put the Mustangs up, 45-39, with 13:13 left in the game and made it an eight point game (5:48) on a Hannah Gilbert layup. CSUB pulled within four, 58-54, with 1:51 left in the game, but the Mustangs converted five of six free throws down the stretch to pull away.